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Three kittens abandoned in a crisp box escape the crunch


Three one-month-old kittens are safe in Blue Cross care now after being found abandoned in an empty crisp box on a busy London street.

A passerby was shocked to find a box left in Shepherds Bush Road containing three tiny felines and took them to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith. The kittens, named McCoy, Dorito and Pringle – inspired by the snack box they were found in - were dangerously weak and suffering from anaemia as a result of being infested with fleas.

Tracey Parnell, Veterinary Nurse at our Hammersmith hospital, said: “McCoy, Dorito and Pringle were really underweight, scared and cold when they were brought in to us. We treated them for fleas, warmed them up and fed them kitten milk using a syringe, which perked them up a bit.

Tracey added: “Kittens this young are so helpless, so it’s really lucky they found their way to us in time. We would ask anyone struggling to care for a pet to contact a charity like Blue Cross and never just leave them to fend for themselves.”

The kittens will continue to be monitored until they are well enough to be transferred to a Blue Cross rehoming centre and they will be ready to bag new homes in a few weeks’ time.

We have already taken in over 1,000 unwanted and abandoned kittens so far this year at our rehoming centres and are urging owners to ensure their pets are neutered to prevent unwanted litters.